Hi, I'm Christine! I love connecting with my clients on a profound and authentic level. I know what it feels like to suffer with Postpartum Anxiety and Depression because I lived through it after my 3rd child.
Postpartum Depression and Anxiety after my 3rd kid? How did that happen?
Because I didn’t have those experiences with my first 2 children, I was completely shocked that it happened after my 3rd! It totally sidelined me, and I struggled to cope with my symptoms and to parent my 3 little ones.
It was that experience that changed my life for the better, because I decided to go back to school and become a counsellor. After working in mental health and addictions I followed my heart to working with clients in the Perinatal period (trying to get pregnant, currently pregnant, or postpartum) in my private practice. I approach my work in the perinatal field not only as a trained counsellor, but as a mom and a woman with lived experience. When my clients talk about the shame and guilt, the overwhelm and extreme worry or the deep sadness, I am truly empathetic and able to understand how heavy it all feels. I am also able to share that coping and recovery are totally possible! With treatment, I was able to take care of myself again and laugh again. And I love to laugh, which you’ll soon find out when you meet me!
To cope with the hecticness of parenting 3 boys (yes you read that right…3 boys) and training 2 puppies (yes you read that right… 2 puppies) I usually listen to 90’s music on repeat and drink lots of tea!
How I work:
I am a very honest and open counsellor and I like to meet my clients where they’re at. In our initial appointment I like to hear your story and find out what has been going on for you and then together we come up with a treatment plan and your goals for therapy.
At first, I find it very helpful to focus on stability, grounding and decreasing distressing symptoms that tend to keep us from parenting and living from the Self. Once you connect to healthy coping skills that work for you, we can start to work on processing what you have been experiencing and then start to heal any wounds that have come from these experiences. My counselling practice is rooted in Internal Family Systems (Parts Work) and I draw from many modalities that I've learned along the way.
I believe that every parent deserves to feel healthy and whole and I’m here to help you do just that. I can’t wait to start working with you to get the fog to lift and to connect with yourself again on a confident and joyful level.
My Credentials, Education and Training:
Registered Social Service Worker with OCSWSSW (Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers)
Certified Perinatal Mental Health Professional with Postpartum Support International
Training in PMAD’s, Birth and Reproductive Trauma and Grief related to the perinatal period through Canadian Perinatal Mental Health Trainings and Postpartum Support International.
Internal Family Systems Level 1 Training IFS Institute
Social Service Worker Diploma Durham College
Addictions Counselling Certificate McMaster University
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Certificate Beck Institute
Bachelor of Arts York University
My services can be covered by your benefits if they cover Social Work Services. Please check with your provider.
My mission as a trained Perinatal Mental Health Professional and a parent is to provide a safe space for you to connect to yourself and all the parts on this parenting journey. As a mom and a counsellor, I bring compassion, authenticity, and empathy to my sessions to help you navigate the many ups and downs of your parenting journey, from fertility challenges, pregnancy, birth and reproductive trauma as well as pregnancy loss and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders. Psycho-education, skill work and processing through sharing your story all contribute to this process.
My vision is for all perinatal clients to gain the strength, self-compassion and confidence that comes with connecting to the Self to work towards healing trauma wounds and coping with their symptoms in a safe space. By focusing on educating the public, my vision includes a stigma-free experience for those seeking help for a perinatal mood and anxiety disorder.
I believe wholeheartedly in the power of compassion and it's place in the healing journey. By showing compassion to others, they in turn can learn to show compassion to themselves and use it to care for themselves through life's challenges.
I strive to be my authentic self with clients so that clients can feel like they can be themselves with me. I feel authenticity really helps in developing a strong therapeutic relationship.
I believe that humour can be so helpful in healing and bringing people together, especially in therapy.